What kind of mental and physical voyage has equiano undergone?
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Chapter Two of the Narrative is the one most often included in history or literature anthologies in high school and college classrooms, for good reason, since it gets to the heart of slavery's injustice. He details how his idyllic life in Eboe was cut short by his kidnapping and subsequent enslavement. After a few brief situations with African masters, he is shipped onboard a slave ship bound for the West Indies, and his vivid account of the Middle Passage is heartrending in its evocation of grief, fear, despair, violence, and fetidness. Equiano's utter confusion and terror is highly subjective and emotional - he is able to evoke the feeling of how Africans felt when removed from their home. In this way, it is markedly different from Chapter 1 which, as previously discussed, uses the more objective tone of travel writing. Whether or not Equiano was born in Africa, he certainly knew some version of a slave ship experience, and his writing has a sharper edge because of it.